Channel 4 has officially cancelled Utopia after two seasons.
The British conspiracy serial will not be coming back for a third season despite creator Dennis Kelly having plans for a third and fourth chapter in the critically-acclaimed series, which resolved several plots before ultimately ending on a cliffhanger.
A Channel 4 spokesperson openly admitted to Den of Geek that the “painful” decision to drop Utopia was to make way for new programming:
“Utopia is truly channel-defining: strikingly original, powered by Dennis Kelly’s extraordinary voice and brought to life in all its technicolor glory through Marc Munden’s undeniable creative flair and vision, the team at Kudos delivered a series which has achieved fervent cult status over two brilliantly warped and nail-biting series. It also has the honour of ensuring audiences will never look at a spoon in the same way again. It’s always painful to say goodbye to shows we love, but it’s a necessary part of being able to commission new drama, a raft of which are launching on the channel throughout 2015.”
While it may not soften the blow for fans of the original, a Utopia remake is in development at HBO, with David Fincher set to direct the entire series.